Greetings from the Executive Director

Kudos to two Indonesian writers who recently won international awards. Eka Kurniawan, author of Beauty is a Wound and Man Tiger, was awarded the Prince Clause Prize for achievement in literature last December, and Intan Paramaditha, author of Spinner of Darkness & Other Tales as well as Apple and Knife… Read more>>

Ruminations by John McGlynn

The Pitcher Principle *)
Gotong-royong, the Indonesian term for working on a mutually beneficial endeavor, is one that is often bandied about by Indonesian politicians but, too rarely seen in actual practice today. Nonetheless, it reminds me of the “Pitcher Principle.” Read more>>

Author of the Month: Acep Zamzam Noor

Acep Zamzam Noor (Tasikmalaya, West Java, February 28, 1960) studied in the Faculty of Visual Arts and Design at the Bandung Institute of Technology and at the University for Foreigners of Perugia (Università per Stranieri di Perugia) in Italy. He is the author of several prize-winning collections of poetry, including Jalan Menuju Rumahmu (2004)… Read more>>

Book of the Month: 

Like Death Approaching and Other Poems
by Acep Zamzam Noor
translated by John McGlynn (English); Michael Grob (German)
148 pages

January Activities
The Road to the London Book Fair” presented at the monthly meeting of the Anglo-Indonesia Society in London, 12 February.



We thank all supporters of Lontar, which has been shortlisted for the 2019 London Book Fair International Excellent Award in the category Literary Translation Initiative Award.  This year’s nominees are:

  • Latvian Literature (Latvia)
  • The Lontar Foundation (Indonesia)
  • Tulika Publishers (India)
  • Yiddish Book Centre (USA)

Indonesia is the country market focus this year at the London Book Fair, one of the worlds biggest book fair.

Upcoming Activities
Lontar will be in the London Book Fair 2019, March 12-14.

Venue: Olympia, London

Visit the Indonesia Pavilion (5D125) to look at Lontar books and to meet our team.

Send e-mail We look forward to seeing you there!

Connect & Donate to Lontar

To contribute to Lontar send a message to Tuti Zairati, Lontar’s Chief Financial Officer at She will provide you with Lontar’s bank details. Contributions from persons and companies in the United States are tax exempt if given through Give2Asia (

Contact USThe Lontar Foundation
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Tel. +62-21-574 6880